The Chief of Denpasar's Agriculture, Food Stocks and Horticulture Department, Ir. I Gede Ambara Putra, estimates that 75-100 hectares of productive agricultural land is lost each year in Bali's capital, converted to residential and commercial uses.
This seemingly insatiable demand for land is reducing green areas that purify Bali's air and provide much-needed absorption areas that recycle rain to the island's diminishing water table.
Meanwhile, a debate rages on among the two main factions in Denpasar's House of Representatives on how best to preserve "green belt" areas of the capital, what the correct form of title should be available to those who own land within these protected areas, how to fairly tax people owning title to land designated for "special use" by the government, and the correct penalties for those found guilty of violating "green zone" building prohibitions.
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